Past Public Programs

Public programs include individual artist talks, panels, short film screenings, and exhibition walkthroughs. Programs are organized to coincide with museum-curated exhibitions on view at Art + Practice.

Organized by activist, educator, and choreographer Suchi Branfman in 2017, Inside Outside brought a group of choreographers and artists to share their work and creative process with incarcerated men inside the California Rehabilitation Center, a medium-security state men’s prison in Norco, California. In deep collaboration with these incarcerated men earlier in the year, Branfman had spent three months co-choreographing SUSTAIN around the question “what sustains you?” She will be in conversation with multidisciplinary artist and educator d. Sabela Grimes, who joined Branfman and other artists at the California Rehabilitation Center to teach and share choreography from his work Bulletproof Deli, that complicates constructed notions of masculinity and manhood within the confines of a “Chinese” take-out spot in North Philadelphia. Join Art + Practice to discuss their experience creating and sharing their art with incarcerated individuals through prison walls.

Please note that this program takes place at the California African American Museum (CAAM), located at 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90037.

Organized in collaboration with the California African American Museum (CAAM), this is the final program in the Points of Access series aimed at offering meaningful dialogues about our access to and understanding of contemporary art. In four public programs, CAAM and A+P welcome artists, collectors, curators, and museum administrators to discuss their diverse paths and how they have navigated the art world at each point in their careers. The series is designed for individuals at all levels of familiarity with contemporary art; no prior knowledge is required and all are welcome. This talk will include jill moniz, Academic Curator at the Pomona College Museum of Art, Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Director of the Vincent Price Art Museum, and Allison Agsten, Director of the Main Museum.

November 8, 2018

7 PM - 8 PM

Artist Talk: April Bey

Join Art + Practice on November 8 for a talk with Bahamian raised, LA-based multidisciplinary artist and educator April Bey. Bey will discuss the ideas addressed in her Made in Space series, which explores female and queer afrofuturistic millennial entrepreneurialism via social media and the Internet. Blerdy in nature, juxtapositions of Star Trek and hip-hop culture also manifest in this series. Looking to the future acts as a therapeutic excretory practice in dealing with current day issues around race and discrimination globally. She will touch on the British colonization of West Africa and The Bahamas in comparison to the current Chinese colonization of black countries.

This work is a focus but is part of a generalized exploration of the actual resilience of women as they navigate through high-impact experiences of the body, psyche and demands of womanhood. There’s an ironic hypocrisy in the expectations of women and specifically black women to be sovereign and robust while at the same time inept and emotionally weak/unpredictable when leadership roles are sought.

October 16, 2018

7 PM - 8 PM

Points of Access: Curators in Conversation

Organized in collaboration with the California African American Museum (CAAM), Points of Access: Curators Conversation is the third program in the Points of Access series aimed at offering meaningful dialogue about access to and understanding of contemporary art. In four public programs, CAAM and A+P welcome artists, collectors, curators, and museum administrators to discuss their diverse paths and how they navigated the art world at each point in their careers. The series is designed for individuals at all levels of familiarity with contemporary art; no prior knowledge is required and all are welcome.

Points of Access: Curators Conversation will include Essence Harden (independent), Jamillah James (ICA LA) and Carolyn Castaño (Independent) and will be moderated by Anne Ellegood (Hammer Museum).

October 2, 2018

7 PM - 8 PM

Artist Talk: Texas Isaiah

A+P will welcome Los Angeles-based visual narrator texas isaiah to discuss his practice and recent work. texas isaiah will focus on the overture, epilogue, and everything in between that can possibly occur within a photography session for both the photographer and sitter. He will address how he aims to reformat the language dictated by photography as a medium, including the questions he asks his sitters prior to photographing them and how their images are carried through digital and physical space.

Artists Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick speak with Dhyandra Lawson, Curatorial Assistant in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at LACMA, and activist Gary Tyler on the occasion of the exhibition, Slavery, The Prison Industrial Complex: Photographs by Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick. The exhibition of photographs, begun in the early 1980s, presents a historical account and testimony of life at Louisiana’s state penitentiary, Angola, where Gary Tyler was wrongly incarcerated on death row for 41 years before his sentence was overturned in 2016.

In this dynamic event, MOCA Director of Education and Public Programs and curator Amanda Hunt and black feminist performance artist and writer Gabrielle Civil will investigate each other’s work, the legacy of Senga Nengudi, and the urgency of black women’s performance. How can embodied gesture question and answer identity/ politics? How can black women’s performance liberate and transform? Incorporating dialogue, this event will also feature images and audience interaction. Come ready to play.

August 16, 2018

7 PM - 8 PM

Artist Talk: May Sun with Juri Koll

As an emerging Los Angeles-based artist, May Sun performed with Senga Nengudi, Maren Hassinger and Ulysses Jenkins, amongst others, in the 1980s. These artists were in each other’s performance pieces and together, they experimented with movement in space in choreographer Rudy Perez’ workshop Art Moves, which took place in Ulysses Jenkins’ Other Visions Studios.

At Art + Practice, Sun will relive her collaborations with these life-long friends as well as explore select works from her multi-media large scale installations focusing on the first wave of Chinese immigrants to California. Additionally, Sun will present her and collaborator/filmmaker Juri Koll’s short film titled “Meltdown: Weapons of Mass Construction,” a film responding to the ongoing murders of innocent people across the United States and the immediate need to reform gun control legislation. Join Art + Practice for this artist talk, screening and conversation.

July 11, 2018

7 PM - 8 PM

Artist Talk: Rafa Esparza

Los Angeles-based artist Rafa Esparza, whose rigorous practice often involves performance and sculpture as a way to explore identity, migration and colonization, will participate in an artist talk at Art + Practice. He will consider artist Senga Nengudi’s practice as a theme for further describing and understanding the choice of materials that he often incorporates in his works of art. Furthermore, Esparza will discuss his use of Brown matter, examining his performance works and recent paintings.

Organized by the California African American Museum (CAAM) and Art + Practice (A+P), The Fundamentals of Art Collecting is the second program in the Points of Access series aimed at offering meaningful dialogues about our access to and understanding of contemporary art. In four public programs, CAAM and A+P welcome artists, collectors, curators, and museum administrators to discuss their diverse paths on how they have navigated the art world at each point in their careers. The series is designed for individuals at all levels of familiarity with contemporary art; no prior knowledge is required and all are welcome. Speakers include Charlie James, Alitash Kebede, and Gianna and Demetrio Kerrison. Moderated by Melanie Edmunds, Senior Gallery Partnerships Manager at Artsy.

June 23, 2018

2 PM - 3 PM

Exhibition Walkthrough: Head Back and High

Join Art + Practice for a walkthrough of Head Back and High: Senga Nengudi, Performance Objects (1976-2017), led by Cecilia Wichmann, The Baltimore Museum of Art’s Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art. Wichmann will discuss the exhibition, which brings together performance photographs and video from Nengudi’s breakthrough moment of the mid-1970s with extraordinary examples of her most recent work in sculpture, exploring the ethics of friendship and collective creation that has infused Nengudi’s artistic practice across her career.

Join Art + Practice for a conversation between multidisciplinary artists and educators Taisha Paggett and Ashley Hunt. Paggett and Hunt will discuss their individual projects as well as their ongoing collaboration entitled, On Movement, Thought and Politics. Paggett and Hunt will address how they use performance, performance documentation and the body to engage in social movements.

April 25, 2018

7 PM - 8 PM

Artist Talk: Ulysses Jenkins

In his practice, Los Angeles-based video/performance artist Ulysses Jenkins uses storytelling as a tool to examine questions of race, history and power. On the occasion of the exhibition Maren Hassinger: The Spirit of Things, Jenkins will discuss his diverse body of video and performance work and historical past collaborating with artist Maren Hassinger, as part of Jenkins involvement in Studio Z, a collective of artists that included Hassinger, Barbara McCullough, Franklin Parker, David Hammons and Senga Nengudi, and others in the 1970s.

Barbara McCullough is a director and producer whose work seeks to “tap the spirit and richness of her community by exposing its magic, touching its textures and trampling old stereotypes while revealing the untold stories reflective of African American Life.” Join Art + Practice for a conversation between Ms. McCullough and Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) Associate Curator of Media and Performance Art Thomas J. Lax. On the occasion of Maren Hassinger: The Spirit of Things, Lax and McCullough will discuss Hassinger’s exhibition as well as where Ms. McCullough is situated within contemporary art, performance art, film and ritual practices.

March 14, 2018

7 PM - 8 PM

Artist Talk: EJ Hill

Los Angeles-based artist EJ Hill will present his recent works and projects, and share the impetuses for his creative practice. He will discuss his journey from a primarily performance-based practice to an installation and object-based output. Hill will also provide insight into his desires to move beyond representations of pain, violence, and struggle and closer to more rounded, complex presentations of Our experience—representations which do not deny the aforementioned, but ones that also allow room for excellence, beauty, and bliss.

March 6, 2018

7 PM - 8 PM

Points of Access: Artists in Conversation

Co-organized by the California African American Museum (CAAM) and Art + Practice (A+P), this is the first in a series of panels offering meaningful dialogues about access to and our understanding of contemporary art. Los Angeles-based artists Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Ramsess, and Mark Steven Greenfield will engage in a discussion about their diverse paths and how they’ve navigated the art world at various points in their careers. The conversation will be moderated by Isabelle Lutterodt, Director, Barnsdall Park. This program will take place at A+P’s public programs space, located at 4334 Degnan Boulevard.

Points of Access is designed for individuals at all levels of understanding about contemporary art; no prior knowledge is required and all are welcome.

February 24, 2018

2 PM - 3 PM

Exhibition Walkthrough: The Spirit of Things

Join Art + Practice for a walkthrough of Maren Hassinger: The Spirit of Things, led by artist Maren Hassinger and The Baltimore Museum of Art’s Senior Curator of Contemporary Art Kristen Hileman. Comprised of Hassinger’s sculptures, performance documentation and videos, this exhibition constitutes a long overdue retrospective of the artist’s work in her hometown of Los Angeles. Hassinger and Hileman will engage in a discussion about how the works explore the emotional dynamics of relationships amongst different communities of people and the environments in which they live.

Vincent Price Art Museum Director Pilar Tompkins Rivas will focus on evolving discourse relative to Latinx Art, exemplified through recent curatorial models, expanded theoretical frameworks, and artist-driven measures that have broadened our understanding of the field to account for intersectionality with other academic and art disciplines, transnational exchanges, and conceptual traditions.

November 2, 2017

7 PM - 8 PM

Artist Talk: Patrick Martinez

Los Angeles-based artist Patrick Martinez will present a select body of his work and examine the inspirations behind it. Martinez will discuss how his experience of growing up in Los Angeles has informed his art making and how the city has impacted him personally. He will also present and discuss where his work is currently and his evolution as an artist.

The California African American Museum (CAAM) and Art + Practice (A+P) are pleased to host esteemed author, curator, and Associate Professor in Art History and Archaeology and African American Studies at Columbia University Kellie Jones, who will discuss and sign her new book South of Pico.

In South of Pico Kellie Jones explores how artists during the 1960s and 1970s in Los Angeles’s black communities created a vibrant, productive, and engaged activist arts scene in the face of structural racism. Emphasizing the importance of African American migration, as well as Los Angeles’ housing and employment politics, Jones shows how the work of black Angeleno artists such as Betye Saar, Charles White, Noah Purifoy, and Senga Nengudi spoke to the dislocation of migration, Los Angeles’ urban renewal, and restrictions on black mobility. Jones characterizes their works as modern migration narratives that look to the past to consider real and imagined futures. She also attends to these artists’ relationships with gallery and museum culture as well as the establishment of black-owned arts spaces. With South of Pico, Jones expands the understanding of the histories of black arts and creativity in Los Angeles and beyond.

On the occasion of Ruben Ochoa’s exhibition SAMPLED y SURVEYED at Art + Practice, Los Angeles-based artist Analia Saban and independent curator Selene Preciado will discuss material and process, in relation to current conceptual practices of a younger generation of artists such as Ochoa and Saban. The conversation will address issues of materiality and present-day concerns in painting and sculpture. They will outline moments in conceptualism that since the 1960s have continued to subvert traditional ideas of the functionality of specific mediums, such as the capacity of medium itself to convey meaning through its loaded histories.

September 26, 2017

7 PM - 8 PM

Artist Talk: Rodney McMillian

Los Angeles-based artist Rodney McMillian (b. 1969) will discuss his diverse practice at Art + Practice (A+P) on September 26, 2017.

McMillian is currently on the fine arts faculty at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as an associate professor of sculpture. He has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibition worldwide, including three museum shows in 2017 and 2016: Rodney McMillian: a great society at the Art Institute of Chicago (2017); Views of Main Street (2016) at the Studio Museum in Harlem and St. Louis Art Museum; and The Black Show (2016) at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania.

At A+P, McMillian, whose artistic practice embodies a wide range of media and techniques, will discuss how he manipulates a multitude of materials, including those found in his everyday life, to create striking sculptural works, paintings, and videos that challenge the relationships between language, aesthetics and content.

September 16, 2017

2 PM - 3 PM

Exhibition Walkthrough: SAMPLED y SURVEYED

Artist Ruben Ochoa and The Mistake Room’s Executive and Artistic Director César García will lead a walkthrough of SAMPLED y SURVEYED in Art + Practice’s Exhibition Space. Ochoa and García will explore a focused selection of the artist’s early and more recent artworks that highlight Ochoa’s long-standing interest in space and his interrogations of the processes that bring it to being.

Leonardo Drew (b. 1961) is an artist who actively engages with the patterned nature of existence. As a sculptor, Drew creates large-scaled works using uniquely charged materials by incorporating a grid-like system to guide the sculptural components into many varied and formally abstract compositions. Drew will talk with The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director Christopher Bedford at Art + Practice on the occasion of the exhibition Spiral Play: Loving in the ‘80s. Drew and Bedford will discuss themes explored in Spiral Play in conversation with Drew’s artistic practice.

In 1982 Prince gave us “Little Red Corvette” and I guess we should have known that relationships are ephemeral. Loving in the eighties was turbulent and the socio-political climate propelled us into the ’90s Culture Wars. During this decade Al Loving used the spiral as an infinite gesture that speaks to life’s continuum. Erin Christovale and Suné Woods will discuss cultural production during this time and vulnerabilities that resonate now.

Textiles are the art of humanity, which has clothed us for centuries and represented us as both a human innovation and a basic necessity. Woven within fabric and clothing are the ways we communicate and represent ourselves to the world, our family and cultural histories, our experiences and who we aspire to be.

Discovering connections of memory and cultural identity, within this simple and abundantly common material, is integral to Smith’s process and these possibilities are what make fabric and clothing meaningful to her work conceptually.

October 20, 2016

7 PM - 9 PM

In Conversation: The Ease of Fiction

This special edition of In Conversation takes place at Art + Practice in Leimert Park and brings together artists ruby onyinyechi amanze, Meleko Mokgosi, Duhirwe Rushemeza, and Sherin Guirguis with exhibition curator Dexter Wimberly on the occasion of the opening of “The Ease of Fiction.” The exhibition at CAAM presents the work of these four African artists living in the United States as the foundation of a critical discussion about history, fact, and fiction. Through a conversation about the exhibition’s themes and the artists’ works the panelists will uncover shared trajectories among their diverse practices.

For Los Angeles-based multidisciplinary artist Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, “Kentifrica” is a physical and theoretical place that blurs reality and fiction. It is a contested geography/continent for which the artist has been developing an educational and research platform over the past few years. The name is a combination of the geographies of Hinkle’s ancestral lands of Kentucky and parts of West Africa, and she considers herself to be a descendant of this place. By re-creating artifacts and sharing narratives and customs from her research archives, she is reconstructing a Kentifrican identity that invites a critical engagement with the intersections of collective and personal histories, diaspora, migration, immigration, cross-cultural exchange, and issues of geography and authority in relationship to knowledge production.

In their respective works, painter Njideka Akunyili Crosby and filmmaker and video artist Akosua Adoma Owusu explore their experiences as African artists living and work in the United States. Akunyili Crosby creates complex, large-scale, mixed media works that incorporate references to her Nigerian heritage through images and textiles, while considering the social and personal effects of living abroad. Owusu uses an experimental, cinematic language to visualize what she has termed “triple consciousness,” an adaptation of sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois’s conception of black American identity after emancipation, extended to the experience of African expatriates. On the occasion of their exhibitions, Njideka Akunyili Crosby: The Beautyful Ones and Two Films by Akosua Adoma Owusu, the artists will reflect on their own and each other’s work, in conversation with Jamillah James, assistant curator at the Hammer Museum, and organizer of their exhibitions at Art + Practice.

May 27, 2015

7 PM - 9 PM

Artist Talk: Jennie C. Jones

Jennie C. Jones (b. 1968) explores minimalism, jazz, and experimental music in her abstract sculptures, paintings, and works on paper. She is the recipient of the 2012 Joyce Alexander Wein Prize, 2013 Joan Mitchell Award, and attended the Rauschenberg Foundation Residency in 2014. Her solo exhibition, Higher Resonance, was presented at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, in Washington DC in 2013, with a solo exhibition forthcoming at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston in December 2015.

April 16, 2015

7 PM - 9 PM

In Conversation: Fred Moten and Pat Thomas

Fred Moten is a professor at the University of California, Riverside, poet, and author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press, 2003), B. Jenkins (Duke University Press, 2010), and co-author (with Stefano Harney) of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (Minor Compositions, 2013). Pat Thomas is a music historian, record producer, and author of Listen Whitey!: The Sights and Sounds of the Black Power Movement (Fantagraphics, 2012). This conversation, organized on the occasion of Charles Gaines: Librettos: Manuel de Falla/Stokely Carmichael, will delve into the research of both Moten and Thomas on the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, particularly in Los Angeles, and the music, writings, and aesthetics that emerged during those times, and their influence on later social movements.

April 11, 2015

7 PM - 9 PM

Artist Talk: Kevin Beasley

New York-based artist Kevin Beasley (b. 1985) transforms personal and familial artifacts into sculpture and sound performances, influenced by house music, hip hop sampling, and the post-industrial decay of once prosperous urban centers, such as Detroit, where Beasley lived for a number of years. Beasley is a recent alum of the Studio Museum in Harlem’s residency, and participated in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. He has performed and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Queens Museum, New York; the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, among others.

Sandy Rodriguez is an artist and museum educator at the Getty Museum, and a current artist–in–residence at Art + Practice. Raised in San Diego, Tijuana, and Los Angeles, Rodriguez’s paintings capture moments of transformation in the social and cultural landscape of Los Angeles. Rodriguez will talk with Isabelle Lutterodt, her collaborator for the community arts project Studio 75, and the curator and director of visual arts at the Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro.

March 11, 2015

7 PM - 9 PM

Artist Talk: Cauleen Smith

Cauleen Smith (b. 1967), currently visiting faculty at UCLA, is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist whose work reflects on the everyday possibilities of the imagination. Smith roots her work firmly within the discourse of mid-twentieth century experimental film, and draws from structuralism, international cinema, and science fiction. Smith’s films, installations, and objects deploy the tactics of these disciplines, while offering a phenomenological experience for spectators and participants.

The first in the series of artist in residence public talks at Art + Practice includes Dale Brockman Davis and Alonzo Davis, the founders and proprietors of Leimert Park’s Brockman Gallery and Brockman Productions, which exhibited celebrated artists such as David Hammons, Senga Nengudi, and Charles White early in their careers. While in residence at A+P, Brockman Davis will archive the records and ephemera of the Brockman Gallery and Brockman Productions, a process that began during the research for the 2011 Hammer exhibition Now Dig This: Black Art and Los Angeles 1960–1980, and will culminate in a living, digital archive and exhibition. This public program will examine the challenges of archiving and locating materials related to a particular history, the implications of such undertakings for art historical scholarship, and how this initiative can impact and serve a larger community.

Artist Talk: April Bey

November 8, 2018

Artist Talk: Texas Isaiah

October 2, 2018

Artist Talk: EJ Hill

March 14, 2018

Artist Talk: Rodney McMillian

September 26, 2017